I don't have any first hand experience with home schooling, but it seems like you have two questions in one: home schooling vs. home schooling while cruising.
I have heard no negatives about home schooling in general. I believe most high schools and colleges welcome home schooled kids
. They seem usually to be ahead of their age group compared to public schools, and have a reputation for a superior work ethic. If anybody disagrees, don't yell at me, I've just read this somewhere along the line.
Some friends of mine have home schooled their two daughters. They have raised two delightful girls, who are well socialized due to the network of home schooled kids in their area (Florida).
I do remember an article in one of the boating
magazines quite a few years ago, written by a couple who had taken their son on a circumnavigation
. They left when their son was about 5 years old (I'm sure I'm screwing up the ages) and returned when he was about 10. Like most boat kids, he was good at making friends quickly, and generally socially adept. When they returned to the states and he was thrust into a different milieu, there was a period of adjustment. I remember that the father commented to the effect that they had a son who could bargain for vegetables in three languages, but he didn't know how to play baseball.
If you can somehow find it, there was another article written by a father who, with his wife, had circumnavigated with three (four?) daughters. He wrote the article years after the fact, with input from the daughters after they were grown, or nearly so. As I recall
, the daughters reactions varied from one being a cruising sailor to one saying she would never take her children
around the world on a boat. However, all of them said they were glad they had the experience.
My only real personal experience has been meeting home schooled cruising kids. From what I've seen, I would not hesitate to go cruising and home school
if I had that choice.
An anecdote: While walking down the beach on Stocking Island (Bahamas) one day, I was following about half a dozen boat kids of varying ages. Two of the girls had just had a couple of their friends visit from the states, and the conversation was about the two visitors being bored because there wasn't a mall. The boat kids felt sorry for them.
Home school? Cruise